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24. Henry Waxman wins breakthrough on health bill (Public Option Retained)
Edited on Wed Jul-29-09 03:08 PM by kpete
Source: Politico

Henry Waxman wins breakthrough on health bill

After weeks of head-banging negotiations, House Democrats finally got the breakthrough they needed on health care.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has cut the cost of his bill and cut a deal to reconvene his committee and vote on the Democrats' sweeping health care proposals, with a goal of completing work by the time lawmakers leave town for the summer on Friday.

There wont be a vote before the full House before the August recess, but the committee breakthrough after tense negotiations with Blue Dog Democrats is a significant step for the Democrats.


The new version of the bill also has a breakthrough on the concept of health care co-ops, seen by some as an alternative to a public plan. States would be allowed to create co-ops for residents to buy private insurance. But the Waxman-Ross deal will also keeps the "public option" of government-sponsored health care.

Read more:

House Retains Public Option In Compromise, But Delays Vote Until September
By Brian Beutler - July 29, 2009, 1:12PM
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